Update: No ransom paid for Lagos schoolgirls, says CP Owoseni

Update: No ransom paid for Lagos schoolgirls, says CP Owoseni

Sunday, March 6, 2016 4:03 pm


*says three suspects arrested

CP Owoseni and Governor Ambode at Alausa today

CP Owoseni and Governor Ambode at Alausa today



By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni says no ransom was paid to secure the release of the three kidnapped girls of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, just as Governor Akinwunmi Ambode reads riot act to kidnappers and other criminals in the state.

At a crowded press conference at the State House, Ikeja, Lagos on Sunday, Owoseni said the children were rescued using the application of modern technology and that no ransom of any kind was collected by the kidnappers.

The commissioner wanted the public not to encourage kidnappers to demand ransom as any ransom paid would encourage others to go into the unholy business.

He said three suspects, including the prime suspect, Emmanuel Arigidi were arrested, adding that the girls were in stable condition.

“The girls are stable, medical attention has been given to them and from what we gathered from the girls, they were not molested by thee kidnappers,” he said.

Owoseni said the police and other security agencies mounted pressure on the kidnappers which eventually led to the rescue of the children around Imota area of Ikorodu at the early hours of today.

Addressing newsmen, Ambode announced that the three children were rescued at the early hours of today by security operatives, which included the Lagos State police Command, the Department of State Security and members of the Armed forces, who worked tirelessly round the clock in the last Six days to secure the release of the children.

Commending the military for a job well done, Ambode said the three girls had been safely re-united with their families and that the government wished to assure Lagosians that their security is top priority and that it would not relent in ensuring that Lagos remained safe and secure.

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